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The Gurdon Institute offers a world-class environment for research in Developmental, Cell and Cancer Biology, currently hosting seventeen independent research groups

Come and join us!

Our research is world-leading and highly regarded, we have excellent facilities and our friendly culture enables you to become 'part of the family'.

The Institute also benefits from a comprehensive support infrastructure including administration, purchasing, accounting, IT support, media preparation, glasswashing and animal husbandry, enabling scientists to concentrate on research work.

Studentship information can be found here.

Current vacancies

Rawlins FGFR1Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate to work on functional validation of targets for lung regeneration using human organoids. This project will be jointly supervised by Dr Joo-Hyeon Lee (Stem Cell Institute)and Dr Emma Rawlins (Gurdon Institute) and is funded by Astra Zeneca. Recent research in the two labs has focused on the development of organoid systems for studying lung development and maintenance. We now aim to recruit an outstanding individual who is interested in lung developmental mechanisms, and their potential therapeutic applications, in order to extend our current organoid work into lung regeneration. 

Closing date: 16 February 2018   (Privacy and Data Protection policy)


Fig1a Nanog alonePost-doctoral Research Assistant/Associate(s) in early mammalian/ human development and the germline program, to join Professor Azim Surani's group to work on early mammalian model organisms as well as human development, the mechanism of primordial germ cell specification and programming. These posts are suitable for candidates with an interest or expertise in stem cells and skills in the areas of embryology, molecular biology, epigenetics, non-coding RNAs, genome-scale and single cell analysis.

Closing date:  31 March 2018  (Privacy and Data Protection policy)


How can postdocs apply for a position?

mzg nov2013Group leaders are always keen to hear from talented scientists with an interest in Cancer and Developmental Biology.  Enquiries can be made direct to Group Leaders. (Privacy and Data Protection policy)

We also advertise positions for postdocs through the University’s website at

Benefits of the Gurdon Institute for postdocs:

  • We value diversity and inclusivity; around half the Institute staff are from the EU and a further quarter are non-British from the rest of the world.
  • The Gurdon Institute's own Postdoc Association brings people together across the Institute socially and runs a seminar series, career paths workshops and annual one-day retreat.
  • Cambridge is a thriving city and the University sits at the heart of one of the world's largest technology clusters, including the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
  • The Cambridge Colleges offer opportunities to secure paid supervising roles and other associations leading to dining rights and small stipends.
  • The University's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has many further resources regarding life as a Cambridge postdoc. 


Where do our alumni go?

We have some numbers on the roles taken up by over 500 alumni on our History & Alumni overview and a map that shows where we have created over 200 Group Leaders around the world.